Freedom in the Left-Hand Kingdom

By Caleb Keith

It’s Tuesday evening. I am sitting in front of my computer trying to think of something meaningful to write for my blog tomorrow morning. The trouble is, I am finding it difficult to connect any topic on my mind right now to Jesus or the Gospel. However, as I sit here, I am reminded of the most recent episode of the Thinking Fellows that I posted last Friday on the doctrine of God’s two kingdoms. If you haven’t already, you should go check it out. That episode is a solid reminder that, while everything in our lives is impacted by the Gospel, not everything is directly related to it. In fact, much of the day-in, day-out of our lives happens in what’s referred to as the left-hand kingdom. The left-hand kingdom is God’s rule outside of Christ and the Gospel. The left is governed by law and is overseen by governments and authorities. While God ordains this authority, He does not ordain the specific actions or laws mandated by such authorities. All authority is from God, but men are sinners who lie, steal, cheat, and abuse that authority for various reasons.

As a citizen of the United States, I often see what I believe to be Governmental abuse. The most recent have been at the state level with California’s recent addition of gun control laws and the potential destruction of religious freedom proposed by California Senate Bill 1146. Gun control laws and restrictions on religious freedom have one thing in common: they are both abuse against the constitutional rights of Americans. Constitutional freedoms aren’t Christian, but they are a blessing of God’s left-hand rule. The blessings of the left-hand kingdom do not include salvation, but that does not mean we should throw them away or let them go to the wayside.